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ptomaine

 [to´mān, to-mān´]
any of several toxic bases formed by decarboxylation of an amino acid, often by bacterial action, such as cadaverine, muscarine, and putrescine.
ptomaine poisoning a term commonly misapplied to food poisoning. Contrary to popular belief, ptomaines are not injurious to the human digestive system, which is quite capable of reducing them to harmless substances.
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pto·maine

(tō'mān, tō-mān'),
An indefinite term applied to poisonous substances (for example, toxic amines) formed in the decomposition of protein by the decarboxylation of amino acids by bacterial action.
Synonym(s): ptomatine
[G. ptōma, a corpse]
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ptomaine

(tō′mān′, tō-mān′)
n.
A basic nitrogenous organic compound produced by bacterial putrefaction of protein.
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pto·maine

(tō'mān)
An indefinite term applied to poisonous substances (e.g., toxic amines) formed in the decomposition of protein by the decarboxylation of amino acids by bacterial action.
[G. ptōma, a corpse]
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